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November 25, 2011

Monday morning sheep mart

Filed under: John Ellis — zavaell @ 07:43




  1. With all the lines, angles and timing I feel I’m experiencing much the same direction as the unloading sheep

    Comment by cgcooke — November 28, 2011 @ 20:39

  2. Is that a stand off between the sheep and the farmer? The lines seem to link them and it was the first feature of the image that I noticed.

    Comment by Rex — November 29, 2011 @ 20:34

  3. Despite some interest in the workings of a sheep mart, this wasn’t doing much for me at first glance. But once I spotted the sheep looking back toward the man in the foreground, it all began to work and the elements took me around a few times — always back to that face and the seeming interaction with the man at right. Strong anthropomorphism at work here, with that sheep’s face seeming to convey more humanness than the human faces do.

    Comment by Christina — December 8, 2011 @ 00:37

  4. Much like Christina, it didn’t seem like much to this at first view. But it’s those few elements against the strong diagonals thta make it work: man centre, sheep centre, sheep bottom left. Certainly an image worth exploring.

    Comment by doonster — December 8, 2011 @ 15:25

  5. Where one stands at a place like this is fairly critical for either trying to make sense of the action or avoiding being presented with backs or backsides. Another example is here, where the longer view favours the movement of the sheep down the ramp.

    With this one the diagonals stood out, along with a number of documentary details such as the tractor towing the trailer. Then, as has been observed, the relationship between stock and owner becomes the key point: there is always an element of a feeling of betrayal as the sheep are off-loaded for an unknown destination.

    Comment by zavaell — December 12, 2011 @ 08:18

  6. All those lines from fences and trailer frames holding everything in, including people. It is hard to tell if it the lines from the fences hold my attention or the faces of the three men and one sheep that have me forever circulating the center of the frame.
    Timing of capture to get the sheep facing back is great.

    Comment by rhoehne — December 28, 2011 @ 00:45

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